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NYCU April 30, 2024

SDCMS News You Can Use

Paul HegyiPHYSICIANS: As you likely know, SCDMS is committed to offering resources that enhance your overall well–being. I want to introduce you to an exciting opportunity — physician coaching with SurgeonMasters.

Professional coaching is widely embraced across various industries and can help foster career satisfaction, professional development, and personal growth. Specifically tailored for physicians, coaching provides a confidential, innovative partnership to create success throughout your life and career.

Physicians seek coaching to maintain peak performance, professional advancements, and a fluid work–life rhythm. They also work with coaches to manage challenges (both expected and unexpected) such as career or job transitions, new regulations or clinical practices, burnout, moral injuries, and personal/professional adversity. Drawing on proven executive coaching techniques, physician coaches specialize in facilitating conversations and reflection that address all career challenges and empower positive change and the pursuit of your goals.

In healthcare, coaching and mentoring share overlapping purposes and are at times used interchangeably, but the support models have significant differences. Mentoring, whether formal or informal, involves an arbitrary effort to match the background or aspirations of the individual. A mentor shares their knowledge, expertise, and experience with a less–experienced mentee to help them develop personally and professionally. Mentoring offers advice, support, and guidance based on the mentor’s experiences. Most mentoring relationships are voluntary, based upon goodwill, and require the mentee to communicate with the mentor.

While physicians often seek a coach with knowledge of the shared challenges and experiences of medical training and the healthcare system, this information is only used to facilitate more efficient coaching sessions with rapid understanding and rapport. Coaches are trained to consider the client’s values, beliefs, and what might work or not work for the client and their specific situation. Using best practices in coaching, the coach works with an individual or a group to help them identify and achieve specific goals, improve performance, or develop knowledge and skills beyond their current level. Coaching relationships can have a formal agreement.

To learn more, schedule a complimentary 25–minute intro coaching call with a SurgeonMasters Physician Coach.

California Medical Association and the Coalition to Protect Access to Care, a broad and diverse group of health care organizations, have submitted enough signatures to qualify a statewide ballot initiative for the November 2024 ballot that will expand access to health care for millions of Californians.

The initiative builds on the historic investment that the Governor and Legislature made earlier this year to dedicate additional funding to the Medi–Cal program. The Protect Access to Healthcare Initiative is critical to ensuring the accessibility and affordability of health care services for all Californians, as well as recognizing the critical role that physicians play in achieving this vision.

Without raising taxes on individuals, the measure will bring more federal funds back to California and improve access to critical health care services. This initiative includes targeted rate increases for primary care and specialty care to make it easier for Medi–Cal patients to find a physician. In addition, the measure includes funding for graduate medical education to create more residency slots and new residency programs and loan repayment for those who agree to treat Medi–Cal patients.

Specifically, the initiative will:
Expand access to preventive health care for Medi–Cal patients, leading to fewer costly emergency room visits and shorter wait times for all Californians
Increase funding for mental health, including for those who need in–patient care
Help California to manufacture its own insulin and other prescription drugs for much lower prices than exist currently
Expand California’s education and training to create a pipeline of physicians and other health care providers to help alleviate shortages in underserved areas of the state

The support and engagement of youand the other physicians of Californiais crucial to driving this initiative forward. In the coming weeks and months, we will reach out to you with opportunities to assist in outreach and education efforts and keep you updated on the progress of this initiative.

Please visit AccesstoHealthcareCA.com for more information.

Physicians for a Healthy California is now accepting nominations for its annual Health Equity Leadership Awards which will be presented at the Health Equity Leadership Awards Reception on July 11, 2024, during the Health Equity Leadership Summit.


All nomination forms and accompanying materials must be submitted by this Friday, May 3, 2024 to healthequitysummit@phcdocs.org.

Honorees will be notified of the selection decision by May 31, 2024. Honorees or a representative must be present at the Health Equity Leadership Summit Leadership Awards Reception on Thursday, July 11, 2024, in Sacramento to receive the awards.

For more information or to submit a nomination, follow the links below:
This year, California Medical Association (CMA) is sponsoring SB 516, authored by Senator Nancy Skinner, to reform the prior authorization system and ensure patients get treatments they urgently need without unnecessary delays. Over the course of this legislative session, be on the lookout for updates and further communications regarding SB 516.

CMA physicians have staunchly advocated for prior authorization reform by sharing personal stories and stories from patients about harmful care delays and denials; speaking to local media about the need for prior authorization reform; and submitting video testimonies about the impact of prior authorization. Patient witnesses also shared harrowing testimony in legislative hearings and through media outlets about the devastating impacts prior authorization delays have had on their lives and their loved ones.

CMA urges physicians to continue to share stories about the harms of prior authorization delays — both from your own experiences and practices, as well as from your patients. Together, we can win this fight and create a better system that prioritizes patients over profits.

The Annual Gala for SDCMS and Champions for Health has been set for June 1st, from 5pm to 9pm, at The Prado at Balboa Park.

Join us for an unforgettable evening with new and old friends, amazing food and captivating entertainment as we install SDCMS’ 154th President, honor Volunteer Champions and raise money for uninsured patients in San Diego.

This event will raise money for Project Access San Diego (PASD). Since 2008, PASD has facilitated over $27 million in pro bono specialty care, procedures, and surgeries in collaboration with a network of physicians, hospitals, and clinics across San Diego County. These life–saving services have been provided to more than 9,600 patients who have been able to regain their health, return to work, care for their families, and remain productive members of their community.

Valet parking will be available and the event will bring together over 300 guests to be a part of an important evening. You can purchase tickets HERE. We look forward to seeing you there!

San Diego Retired Physicians (SDRP) cordially invites retired physicians and their spouse/partner to enjoy great Indian food at Punjabi Tandoor, 5424 Morehouse Dr. (off Mira Mesa Blvd. and Scranton Rd.) on Tuesday, May 14th, at 5:30pm. Each individual can order and pay separately while choosing from a variety of delicious meal selections.

RSVP to mitsuo.tomita@gmail.com or drkblim@gmail.com by Thursday, May 9th, if you plan to attend. Space may be limited.

As always, let me know if you have any questions! Paul Hegyi, CEO

CAHAN ALERT Health Advisory: Botulism–like Illness After Cosmetic Injections  CLICK HERE
Hospitals Say Hundreds of Local Patients Waiting to Discharge Over Delayed Health Insurance Approvals  CLICK HERE
At Least 16 People Died in California After Medics Injected Sedatives During Encounters with Police  CLICK HERE
Mental Health Diagnoses Jump Among Seniors  CLICK HERE
Doctors Seeing More Syphilis With Unusual and Severe Symptoms, Study Shows  CLICK HERE
Turning–Point: COVID–Era Hospital Reporting Set to End  CLICK HERE
FDA Moves to Regulate Some Tests It Says May Be Unreliable  CLICK HERE
Biden Administration Moves to Reinstate LGBTQ+ Protections in Health Care  CLICK HERE
An Abortion Fight in Beverly Hills Exposes the Limits of California’s ‘Reproductive Freedom’  CLICK HERE
People With Breast Cancer More Likely to Develop Second Cancer Over Time, Study Finds  CLICK HERE
The Doctors Company
MAY 7-8, 2024: Grand Hyatt at SFO, sponsored by CMA, ‘Second Annual Health IT Summit: Health IT in the Safety Net’. Early–Bird Registration is $100 for CMA Members, $250 for Attendees, deadline is February 16! As CA expands coverage to underserved populations, health IT can play a pivotal role in ensuring equitable access to care. This summit brings together thought leaders from across CA and the nation to explore how to make that vision a reality. CMA connects a diverse and engaged set of attendees that include physicians, medical groups and IPAs, health plans, health information organizations (HIOs) and others who will take the learnings from this conference to change how care is delivered in this state  CLICK HERE
JUN 11, 2024: 12-1pm, FREE Webinar for Members and Non–Members, sponsored by CMA and CDPH, ‘Virtual Grand Rounds: Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services in CaliforniaA New Landscape’. California launched an unprecedented new initiative in January ’24 to combat the pediatric behavioral health crisis. Two new virtual tools are now available for free to any CA resident ages 25 and younger: BrightLife Kids (for parents/caregivers and young children up to age 12) and Soluna (for teens and young people ages 13 to 25). In this session we will hear from CA Dept. of Public Health representatives about how these tools can play a vital role in improving the youth mental health crisis in California. CME available  CLICK HERE
JUN 20-21, 2024: Grand Hyatt at SFO, sponsored by CMA, ‘Annual CME Provider Conference and Workshop’. These in–person educational opportunities provide valuable strategies and insights to improving your CME program, and an opportunity to connect with Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education leadership and California Medical Association staff along with other accredited CME providers. Attend both events and save $275! Accreditation Workshop $525, Annual Conference $675, BOTH Workshop and Conference $925  CLICK HERE
JUL 11-12, 2024: Sheraton Grand Sacramento, sponsored by CMA, ‘2024 Health Equity Leadership Summit’. This event provides an opportunity for physicians, executives, advocates and allies to find community, engage in hands–on trainings and workshops, and hold in–depth conversations about how they are addressing the issue of health equity in California through their care of underserved communities throughout the state. Attendees will leave feeling energized and inspired to continue their important work to improve the lives of all Californians. Early–Bird Member $225, Early–Bird Non–member $249, Full Price Member $249, Full Price Non–Member $299, Student/Resident $99  CLICK HERE
AUG 8, 2024: 8am-4pm, Hosted Reception AUG 7 6-8pm, FREE Event for Members and Non–Members, sponsored by CMA and The Doctors Company, ‘4th Annual Medical Group Advocacy SymposiumStrategies for Accelerating Health Care Delivery Innovation’. Hear key industry leaders provide insights about health care trends and developments that will have transformational impacts on California’s health care delivery system. Meet passionate industry leaders and health care professionals committed to making a difference. This event offers a casual platform to convene, discuss pertinent advocacy and regulatory concerns, and network with other medical group executives  CLICK HERE
AKW Medical
CMA in the Courts  READ HERE
Podcast ‘What the Health?’ Abortion — Again — at the Supreme Court  LISTEN HERE
SDCMS Webinar: Managing the Noncompliant and Nonadherent Patient  WATCH HERE
SDCMS Webinar: Are You Aware and Prepared for New 2023 Laws?  WATCH HERE
SDCMS Webinar: Will Your Documentation Defend You?  WATCH HERE
SDCMS Webinar: Top Five Risks for Your Practice  WATCH HERE
SDCMS Webinar: Physician Financial Wellness (Part 1)  WATCH HERE
SDCMS Webinar: Physician Financial Wellness (Part 2)  WATCH HERE
SDCMS Webinar: Best Practice: Documenting Disruptive Patient Behavior  WATCH HERE
SDCMS Webinar: Understanding Malpractice Risks for NPs, PAs, and Supervising Physicians  WATCH HERE
SDCMS Webinar: COVID–19 for the Long Haul: Post COVID Recovery and Care  WATCH HERE
SDCMS Webinar: How to Avoid Being Reported to the Medical Board  WATCH HERE
SDCMS Webinar: Understanding the Risks: How to Dismiss a Patient from Your Practice  WATCH HERE
SDCMS Webinar: Physician Wellness  WATCH HERE
SDCMS Webinar: Biosimilars Overview & Policy Landscape  WATCH HERE
CMA Webinar: Telehealth Reimbursement and Privacy Laws: COVID–19 Emergency  WATCH HERE
CMA Webinar: What is Value–Based Care and What Does it Mean for My Practice?  WATCH HERE
Champions for Health & TDC’s Free On–Demand CME Webinar Series ‘Innovations and Smart Approaches in Safe Prescibing’ to Help Fulfill DEA Training Requirements (Modules 1–5)  WATCH HERE
Alzheimer’s Project Clinical Roundtable Free On–Demand CME Webinar Series on Dementia  WATCH HERE
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